Meet Our Leadership Team
Nice to meet you! We are an experienced and close-knit team dedicated to providing high quality services to families and individuals throughout the Hudson Valley and Taconic regions. We would love to hear from you if you have any questions regarding specific services or supports. Feel free to contact one of us below.
Debra J. McGinness, MSN, RN
Chief Executive Officer
My clinical, staff training and administrative background is strongly grounded in the field of developmental disabilities. I started my professional career as a pediatric nurse in 1977, working with high risk and special needs infants. In the mid-1980’s I expanded my professional direction to include children and adults with developmental disabilities. In 1990 I founded Select Temps, Inc. to provide ongoing staffing support to community programs serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and am happy to say these supports continue to this day.
In 2010 our Associate Executive Director partnered with me to launch Select Human Services, Inc. and we have been thrilled to offer a growing and diverse array of supports and services to over one thousand families and individuals in the Hudson Valley Region. We are facing challenging times and I, along with the entire agency staffing team are committed to assisting individuals and families to successfully navigate our ever-changing service delivery system. It’s all about individuals taking charge, finding meaning and fulfillment in life, and having the full support of those that help make this happen. I count it a wonderful privilege to take an active part in such an important endeavor!
p: 914.741.6300 ext. 128
Senior Executive Advisor
I have worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1992 with our for profit agency Select Temps, Inc. We started by providing per diem staff relief for non-profit voluntary agencies throughout the metropolitan NYC area. This led to the creation of our own non-profit voluntary agency and expansion of our service areas with Select Human Services, Inc. While providing staff relief services for agencies and job opportunities for hundreds of people has been rewarding, expanding to direct services to individuals and their families on a more personal level has enriched our lives, our staff’s lives and the lives of the individuals we serve. We are very proud of our staff and our ability to serve as a valuable asset in our community.
p: 914.741.6300 ext. 127
Susanne M. Caruso
CPA, Chief Financial Officer
I am privileged to be the Chief Financial Officer for Select Human Services, Inc. I am a CPA and have worked in various industries throughout my career, with a concentration in public service and the Not-For-Profit world. I feel very much at home with the dedicated staff, individuals we serve and the mission of this wonderful organization.
p: 914.741.6300 ext. 126
Chief Operating Officer
I joined the Select Human Services family in April 2015 as their Human Resource Director. I received my MBA from Pace University. My career includes diverse experience in Human Resources, Office Services and Facilities Management in public/private; profit/non-profit and corporate environments. My previous employment was with an agency providing services to individuals (and their families) with intellectual/developmental disabilities from preschool through advanced age.
p: 914.741.6300 ext. 136
I joined Select in 2015. As a Program Director I oversee Medicaid Service Coordination and FSS/Short Term Family Assistance. Supporting individuals with Intellectual /Physical disabilities has become a passion. I received a Master’s in Social Work in 1989 with a concentration in Family and Children’s Services. Since that time, I have worked in various settings including a specialized foster care, medically fragile hospital unit, day treatment program, and a therapeutic preschool. I began working as an MSC in 2006. What has been a constant all these years is the reward I find in advocating for and assisting individuals lead more independent, productive, and meaningful lives. I am honored to be a part of the Select family!
p: 914.741.6300 ext. 140
I joined the Select Human Service’s team in 2015 after working in the field for over ten years and oversee the HCBS Waiver department. I have worked as a Recreation Specialist, a Program Coordinator for Respite Programs and as a Transition Specialist throughout various school districts. I have a BA in Psychology and a MS in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University. I also have my New York State School Counseling Certification from Long Island University. I currently oversee the daily operations of our Community Habilitation Services, At Home Respite Services and FSS Crisis Respite Services. I am humbled to be a part of this team and to help people with developmental disabilities live more independent lives in the comfort of their family homes.
p: 914.741.6300 ext. 132
Director of Staff Development/Person Centered Supports
I joined the Select Human Service’s team in 2015 and presently serve in the capacity of Director of Staff Development/Person Centered Supports. In my role I supervise our field supervisor and train and mentor Case Managers and Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s) to dynamically provide supports grounded in the DSP Code of Ethics and the seven goals of the DSP Core Competencies. As Coordinator of Staffing Development I will work to ensure that our staff are exemplifying the highest standards of professionalism as they support a person’s choices, goals, and independence. It’s all about helping each person to live their best life! I hold a Bachelor of Arts from Marist College, Master of Science from Mercy College and a School Counseling Certification in New York State. I’ve worked in the field of Human Services for 17 years in various capacities, beginning as a case manager with homeless teens and most recently as a vocational specialist with adults with disabilities. Helping people has always been my passion and I am honored to bring that passion to Select Human Services.
p: 914.741.6300 ext. 131
Juan J. Spencer
I was given the privilege of working for Select Human Services in August of 2015. Although I have a BA degree from L.I.U., I have been working in the field of IT for over 20 years. I have extensive knowledge of computer programming as well as networking. I have worked as a database (FoxPro database) consultant, have also programmed in Visual Basic utilizing SQL Server as the backend database, and have provided oversight on multiple program management IT projects. I greatly enjoy working here and am looking forward to giving many years of service to this organization.
p: 914.741.6300 ext. 133